To Give a Damn or Not

In order to properly give a damn, about almost anything, it is necessary to not give a damn about other things, lest we find ourselves overwhelmed, unfocused, and not giving a damn about anything.

Letting go of concern about what others think ,not giving a damn, leads to authenticity.

Learning not to be sucked into drama allows us to focus on what really matters.

I think that most of us avoid things that really matter to us because they are painful and hard to deal with.  We hide by spending our energy and pretending we give a damn about trivial things like who wins the BIG GAME or last night's TV show.  It takes strength to give a damn enough to not give a damn about things that really don't matter.

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The Mountain

Today I watched a mountain. I watched it for hours. I watched the lighting change as the Sun moved across the sky. I watched as the background changed and clouds rolled by, Even the mountain changed, I'm sure, as the earth's crust moved and rock shifted from here to there. For hours I watched it change, but in the end it was still the mountain - standing there.

Who are you? Not the clerk, the school teacher, the Mom or whatever job you do. Who is the you that could have been or has been any of these? The you that has always been? Do you know?

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